Watch out, ladies! Diddy's looking to shake things up during season 4 of Making the Band by scouring the country in search of the best male performers. With the success of season 3's all female, platinum-selling group, Danity Kane, Diddy is...... Read Full Episode Summary »
Watch out, ladies! Diddy's looking to shake things up during season 4 of Making the Band by scouring the country in search of the best male performers. With the success of season 3's all female, platinum-selling group, Danity Kane, Diddy is optimistic that he can find the perfect boy band to follow in the footsteps of such legendary acts as The Temptations, Boyz II Men, New Edition, 112 and *NSync.
Diddy has a new "dream team" to help him sift through all the candidates and extract the fellas that are truly worthy of a spot in the band. The dream team is comprised of New Edition's Michael Bivins, Grammy-winning producer Bryan Cox, R&B singer Joe, A&R manager Slam and vocal coach Ankh Ra. But wait! The dream team truly wouldn't be complete without Laurie Ann Gibson, the play-no-games choreographer from past seasons, so Diddy is adding her to the mix, too! With the prospective goal in mind, the Making the Band judges set out to see who has what it takes to make the cut.
Thousands of candidates line each city in hopes of becoming finalists on Making the Band and getting a chance to meet Diddy in person. But the fellas have to truly bring their A-game if they want to impress the dream team. The season kicks off in Orlando, where the judges sit through chalkboard-grinding vocals and awkward dance moves. But they know that for every good singer they discover there are a dozen bad ones they have to sit through!
The Making the Band judges aren't very harsh but remind the guys that there's no patience for slackers and no time to waste. Soon, the guys begin to improve and become quite impressive. As the singing portion of the audition comes to a close, Laurie Ann Gibson gears up to teach the guys a few dance moves. Her routine proves to be a bit edgy and difficult for some, but with no room for failure the guys quickly shape up and give it all they've got.
The dream team selects their Orlando faves, and then it's off to the next six cities. In Atlanta; Los Angeles; Chicago; Charlotte; Washington, D.C.; and New York City, there seems to be an endless amount of talent. Guys from near and far showcase their singing and dancing skills and represent their city to the best -- and sometimes worst -- of their abilities. The field eventually narrows to 58 finalists, who are sent to meet Diddy in New York City!
Now it's time for the true test: The finalists must give it all they've got in front of the iconic Diddy. But first, Laurie Ann Gibson and Michael Bivins bring the guys outside for a few words of encouragement. Michael says the wintery weather should serve as a symbol to the finalists -- either they'll hear some blustery comments from Diddy and be sent back out into the cold or they'll bring the heat and score a spot in the Making the Band house. Now the guys are finally ready to meet Diddy and prove that hard work really does pay off. Time to get busy!
As the next round of the Making the Band audition begins, Diddy looks unhappy with many of the guys and isn't quite sure if his dream team has lived up to his expectations. But with some sound advice from Michael Bivins, Diddy only cuts a portion of the group, giving the others another shot at impressing him. While some step it up, others drop the ball and are sent packing. Out of the 58 finalists, 38 are cut and Diddy now has his Top 20. He tells the guys that he plans to put them through the ringer because, after all, only the best will do for Diddy!